Sal (2013)

James Franco's Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award (R) nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 1, 2013
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Dan Callahan

All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release.

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Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

[S]cene after scene plays out as if Franco has watched one too many Gus Van Sant movies and figured that's how you make an Important Movie.

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.

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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club

Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little.

Cole Smithey

James Franco's lovingly crafted, if minimalistic, cinematic ode to Sal Mineo - the actor most famous for his Oscar-nominated role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" - succeeds due in large part to Val Lauren's thoughtful portrayal.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

As always, Franco demonstrates a talent for and interest in composition, performance, and the naked human moment.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Franco's visual sense and skill with atmosphere are strongly evident here, but, unfortunately, not enough happens in the movie.

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